FAQ #2 Who gets Cerebral Palsy?

First of all, Cerebral Palsy is not contagious.  You are not going to get cerebral palsy by hugging someone who has CP.(So hug me! )

Cerebral Palsy affects babies before they are born or shortly after.  Rich babies, poor babies, white babies, Asian babies, it doesn’t matter. They are all affected at about the same rate.   However, premature babies have a higher incidence of CP.  Cerebral palsy is caused by a brain injury when the brain is not strong enough.  This could be from spinal meningitis or from bleeding like a stroke.

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